Gambhira is a type of song (originating in Chapai Nawabganj, in the Northern region of Bangladesh).[1][2] It is performed with a particularly distinctive rhythm and dance with two performers, always personifying a man and his maternal grandfather, discussing a topic to raise social awareness. This kind of song is also quite popular in Malda of West Bengal, India.

Gambhira mask

The Gambhira dance is performed all over the Malda district of North Bengal during the festival of Chaitra Sankranti. The masks are made out of neem and fig trees by the local Sutradhar community. Sometimes they were also made the mask of clay.[3] The three-dimensional crowns are the specialty of these masks. First, the facial features are carved out from a piece of wood and then coloured according to the character. This mask dance performed with Gombhira song. The songs of Gambhira originated among the Hindu community of Maldah in West Bengal, completely in its theme formation.[4]

See also


  1. "Mango festival and cultural programme in Chapainawabganj". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  2. "Rajshahi University School, College wins divisional round". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  3. "The Mask". Biswa Bangla. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  4. http://www.indianetzone.com/18/gambhira_dance_west_bengal.htm

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